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In the Atlantic, survivors of a shipwreck aboard a raft have a whale for company till their safe rescue

Sinking of the "Titania," October 16, 1865, artist's impression, detail
10/16/1865
The small brig Titania left Philadelphia on October 9, 1865, bound for Mobile, Alabama with a load of coal and hay but four days later was leaking badly after a storm.  The crew had time to construct a raft and when the Titania sank the nine men and one woman aboard were able to survive at sea, closely accompanied curiously for hours by a large whale, before being picked up the next day by boats of the U.S.S. Florida.  (By John Osborne)  
Source Citation: 
"Wreck of the "Titania," Harper's Weekly Magazine, November 4, 1865, p. 603.